The Minnesota Wild pulled off something of a surprising trade this week when they acquired veteran forward Ryan Reaves from the New York Rangers. Reaves himself has bounced around a bit throughout his National Hockey League career so it wasn't a shock to see him moved, but some were surprised that the Rangers received just a fifth round draft pick considering they acquired Reaves for a third round pick in 2021 and elected to re-sign him to a new deal worth $1.75 million for this season.
Regardless of what you may think of the trade, it seems like Reaves is quickly endearing himself to the Wild. On Saturday the veteran NHL enforcer showed off the other side of his game when he put his skillset on full display during a morning skate ahead of the Wild's Sunday afternoon game against the Arizona Coyotes tomorrow. Rather than dominating his teammates with his physical prowess, as he so often does with his opponents, he instead used his goal scoring touch to earn himself the crown as the Wild's shootout king.
Although he has not recorded a goal this season, for either the Wild or the aforementioned Rangers, Reaves showed off his goal scoring touch on Saturday when he scored four times during a friendly shootout competition. Reaves beat veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on three different occasions and veteran goaltender Filip Gustavsson on a single occasion to claim the crown.
Reaves has 13 games played this season and no points to his name as of yet but, if today's friendly competition is any indication, it is only a matter of time before he breaks the ice.